OPPD’s Community Solar Program will be the topic of Nebraskans for Solar’s March
presentation tomorrow evening at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, OPPD Dialogue Rooms 230/231, 7 to 8:30 pm.
Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental
Sustainability Action Team, and The Nebraska Conservation Education Fund.
OPPD spokespersons will be Tricia McKnight, OPPD Product Specialist, and Heather Siebken,
Director of Product Development & Marketing. They will present an overview of OPPD’s
community solar program and how customer-owners will be able to participate. A Q&A will
follow their presentation.
Some Background Information:
At the OPPD Board of Director’s June 7, 2018 meeting, the board received an update on the project, including size and location. OPPD awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, to build a 5-megawatt solar facility in Fort Calhoun. The OPPD
facility will be built east of Fort Calhoun in Washington County, covering approximately 35 acres. Per
contract terms, the facility will go into operation by June 30, 2019. Source: Here comes the sun, The Wire
Reserved parking is available in the lot near the Community Engagement Center. An attendant will be in the lot kiosk until 7 pm. Refreshments provided. Please join us and bring a friend!
Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s 5-megawatt community solar facility located on a portion of a 46-acre site near Northwest 75th and Holdrege Streets.
Previously Posted News Stories & Editorial
OPPD celebrates role in national award, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Community? Rooftop? What solar is right for you?, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Fort Calhoun area will be home to OPPD’s first community solar array,
Editorial: OPPD’s solar-shares program may stir customer interest,
NEXT ERA IN THE NEWS
NextEra will build OPPD’s 5-MW community solar project and is currently developing the 160-MW Sholes Wind Energy Center in Wayne and Stanton Counties, which is planned to be operational in July 2019.
- OVERVIEW – Utilities join the party as solar power goes mainstream, Renewables Now
Wiki Solar’s list of the world’s top solar power plant owners. NextEra is ranked second.
- NextEra looking into potential solar farm in northeast Nebraska, Lincoln Journal Star
- NextEra, Nebraska farmers aim to build largest solar farm in the Midwest, Energy News Network
- NextEra: solar and wind plus batteries will be “massively disruptive” to conventional generation, PV Magazine. The power giant says that coal, gas and nukes will not be able to compete with clean energy, and that renewable energy deployment is “just getting started”.
NEBRASKA’S COMMUNITY-SCALE SOLAR
Nebraska towns and cities that have built community-scale solar, or are in various stages of planning or developing a project, include:
Ainsworth, Central City, Chadron, Fremont, Gothenberg, Grand
Island, Hastings, Hemingford, Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Loup City, Norfolk, Omaha / Fort Calhoun, O’Neill, Pawnee City, Schuyler,
Scottsbluff, South Sioux City, and Venango.
Click on the following resource to access news stories and other information about this statewide development: Community-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar
Links to Information About NPPD & LES Community Solar Programs
NPPD’s SunWise Program
NPPD customers can request community solar for their town or city by submitting the SunWise Community Interest Form here, potentially helping to grow community-scale solar in our state.